Sambucus australasica

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Yellow elderberry
Native Elder Mt Tomah.jpg
Yellow elderberry at Mount Tomah, Australia
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Dipsacales
Family: Adoxaceae
Genus: Sambucus
Species: S. australasica
Binomial name
Sambucus australasica
(Lindl.) Fritsch
  • Tripetelus australasicus Lindl.
  • Sambucus xanthocarpa F.Muell.

Sambucus australasica, commonly known as yellow elderberry or native elderberry is an eastern Australian shrub, usually found in and on the edges of rainforest.

Compound leaves are imparipinnate in form. With a total length of between 6 and 25 cm. Three to five leaflets are reverse lanceolate or narrow-elliptic in shape. 2 to 10 cm long and 0.4 to 3 cm wide. Glossy above, toothed and hairless. A small gland may be seen at the base of the leaflet.[1] The compound leaf stem is between 2 and 10 cm long. The leaflet stems are 2 to 5 mm long.

A shrub up to 4 metres tall. Scented, creamy yellow flowers form from October to March. The yellow round shaped fruit are 5 mm in diameter.


  1. ^ Les Robinson - Field Guide to the Native Plants of Sydney, ISBN 978-0-7318-1211-0 page 355